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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 1:30 pm, IA

August 24, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Iowa. Questions about coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Des Moines Bureau at 515-243-3281 or apdesmoines@ap.org. Iowa News Editor Scott McFetridge can also be reached at 515-243-3281 or smcfetridge@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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DES MOINES — The arrest of a Mexican farmworker in the death of an Iowa college student renewed calls to change immigration laws, but it also focused attention on the immigrant workers whose labor is essential to the state’s agricultural industry. By David Pitt and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 900 words, photos.


DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds became emotional Friday discussing her telephone conversation with the mother of slain college student, and she urged residents not to politicize the case. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 300 words.



BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant from a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups, leaving Greenpeace as the only remaining group facing the claim. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 390 words.

CLASSROOM EMERGENCIES — New software and a mobile app will let Des Moines teachers respond immediately to emergencies, alert other staffers and lock down doors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MEDICAID FUNDING INCREASE — Iowa officials say they’re giving a $344 million raise to two companies that manage the state’s Medicaid program.

FEDERAL COURTHOUSE-DES MOINES — A Des Moines realty company says it has reluctantly sold prime riverfront land to the federal government under threat of having the land taken through eminent domain.

DAUGHTER’S DEATH-TRIAL — A western Iowa woman convicted of causing the death of her young daughter by giving her unprescribed antidepressants has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

MISSING WOMAN-TRIAL — An Iowa judge has sentenced a Colorado man to life in prison in the death of his estranged wife nearly two decades ago.


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